Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Assessing Health Impacts of Low-Carbon Transport Scenarios in Urban Areas

This project sheds light on the co-benefits of sustainable transport policies on health via their impact on air pollution and physical activity levels. It particularly emphasises that successful decarbonisation efforts must reduce carbon emissions, prioritise urban residents’ health and overall quality of life and provide recommendations on the best strategies for achieving this.

The complex linkages between transport, air quality, climate change and health over the short- and long-term are becoming better known. Failing to adequately identify these links may result in unforeseen consequences for future public policy. Low-carbon transport policies in cities can decrease air pollution levels responsible for certain health outcomes like increased risk of cardiovascular or respiratory diseases. They can also positively influence physical activity patterns by encouraging active transport. 

This project receives guidance from the Corporate Partnership Board, the ITF’s platform for engaging with the private sector and enriching global transport policy discussion with a business perspective. The workshop outcomes will inform the interim findings brief and a forthcoming report.